Shares of Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) tumbled on Tuesday after the company released its fourth quarter financial results and a weak outlook. Here’s what the news means for mutual fund investors.
CAT's Earnings in Brief
The company reported earnings of $757 million, or $1.23 per share, down from $1.00 billion, or $1.54 per share, in the year prior. Adjusted earnings were $1.35 per share, which fell below analysts’ view of $1.55 per share.
Revenue fell to $14.24 billion from $14.40 billion last year. Analysts expected to see revenue of $14.18 billion.
Looking ahead to FY2015, the company expects to see revenue of about $50 billion and adjusted earnings of $4.75 per share. Analysts expect to see $55.01 billion in revenue and $6.67 per share in earnings.
Commodities Hurting CAT's Outlook
Caterpillar’s weak outlook is a direct impact of weak commodity prices, energy prices and the stronger dollar. Since CAT sells its equipment to companies in the energy and commodity industries, profits are expected to decline.
Investors interested in CAT may want to wait a quarter or two for the company to right the ship.
Mutual Funds to Watch
Investors interested in CAT may be interested in the funds listed below. These funds currently have the largest stakes in the company.
|VTSMX||Vanguard Total Stock Market Index||1.69%|
|VFINX||Vanguard 500 Index||1.08%|
|WASCX||Ivy Asset Strategy||0.83%|
The Bottom Line
The funds listed above allow investors to gain exposure to CAT while remaining diversified. Investors interested in CAT may also be interested in General Electric (GE) and Deere & Co. (DE).